Core objective #11: Global contexts
Objective: Advanced areas of focused inquiry
Brief description of learning objective: Students will apply and evaluate modes of academic inquiry, creative expression, or results of research to problems in historical and contemporary global contexts. Students will articulate connections among local, national, and international contexts and evaluate the ways that historical and contemporary global influences affect their current situations.
Standards or Requirements for Verification
Students will critically reflect on their learning and life experiences in a global context and develop an understanding of different viewpoints on contemporary societies. Courses satisfying this objective will teach students to critically reflect on their learning and life experiences in a global context (e.g., non-U.S., comparative, or transnational) and comprehend different viewpoints on and contexts for contemporary culture, politics, and interactions. They may examine topics such as the history, cultures, economic systems, or political systems of nations other than the United States; international conflicts and their causes; colonialism and postcolonialism; and global phenomena that connect the fates of nations and regions. Where appropriate, majors are encouraged to develop this objective within their courses, and if possible to integrate this objective into the Core Capstone course.
This Core Objective will typically be satisfied with a single course that devotes at least 1 credit of student effort (e.g., 15 hours of instruction) to this objective, or that has prerequisite courses that cumulatively devote sufficient attention to the objective.
Courses or sequences satisfying this Core Objective should:
- Include the Core Objective, together with its brief description, on the course syllabus in its original form.
- Include 1 or more student learning outcomes addressing this Core Objective on the course syllabus, along with other student learning outcomes appropriate to the course.
- Identify in the course syllabus the teaching techniques and student experiences that will help students acquire the competencies described in the Core Objective.
- Assess whether students have acquired the competency described in the student learning outcomes and use methods for collecting and analyzing data that can be reported to the Core Curriculum Board.
Capstone courses that integrate CO11 should include among their student learning outcomes some that specify, advance, or broaden this Core Objective.
Some examples of approved student learning outcomes and assessment methods are listed later in this document. Faculty may incorporate 1 or more of the examples from this list or propose their own student learning outcomes and methods of assessing the objective.